Local team Tyco Suzuki has confirmed their attendance at the forthcoming Armoy Race of Legends on July 27 & 28, with Manxman Conor Cummins scheduled to make his debut at the circuit alongside team-mate and crowd favourite, Guy Martin.
Martin did compete at the event last year, but was well below par, nursing injuries sustained in a mountain bike crash just days’ previous.
The Lincolnshire man had a disappointing Isle of Man TT earlier this month for the TAS Racing squad, failing to score a podium finish, so the Armoy event offers him further bike time prior to the last international road race of the year at Dundrod in August: the Ulster Grand Prix.
In a cruel twist for the Tyco Suzuki team, Cummins was forced to miss the Isle of Man TT with his new team after sustaining a hand injury at the North West 200 — the result of being taken out in the final Superbike race by Gary Johnson. The Manxman (right) hadn’t planned on racing the national scene this year, but like Martin, the extra bike time will do him no harm at all before ‘The Prix’.
“Yeah it was mega disappointing to miss out at the TT. I was gutted to be honest, but it was the correct decision for all involved,” said Cummins.
“I had a word with the team manager Philip Neill and we agreed that Armoy, along with the Southern 100, would give me more time on the bikes before the Ulster. “From what I hear it’s a well-run event and from my point of view, it’ll actually be good to do a national road race again. I’m looking forward to it.”
Entries for the popular event are available from the race secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org with the closing date fast approaching on July 2.
Clerk of Course Bill Kennedy is urging riders to register as soon as possible to avoid missing out on the action.